Why Do Women’s Mags Insist We Dress to Please Men? Huh Glamour?





Is it too much to ask that we stop writing about how men want us to look? We pretty much expect that from Cosmo, but this time Glamour mag did it, too.

In the February issue with beautiful Rachel McAdams on the cover, page 150 contains a piece dubbed “Guy Pretty vs. Girl Pretty.” The premise of this stellar insight is that women and men have subjective ideas on what they think looks pretty on women. So??

Women, for instance, may like short hair, but guys favor long. Women adore a red lip but guys supposedly prefer a natural looking lip color. And on and on it goes.


A few of these incredible insights include:


Guys like just mascara

Girls like a dressing up the eye with liner and color and even a smoky eye (which every women’s mag show us how to pull off, btw).



Guys like a French manicure

Girls like cool designs and bold colors that go all out.


Let me just say who cares what guys like– if you like it, do it!


Worse, we also learn guys are creeped out by eye lash curlers (um, did they want to borrow one?)

All manners of hair removal (yet I presume they don’t like the fuzzy look on their ladies!)

Super-long eyelashes (Hmmm Kim Kardashian surely hasn’t heard any complaints about hers.)

Too much orange spray tan (Calling Snooki!)

Oversize hair bows (hmmm…what guys even see 80’s era hair bows nowadays?)


Really Glamour? Ditch the short hair, red lipstick and eye shadow because guys don’t like ’em? That’s your advice?


Here’s a thought, why not stick to articles about what women like to wear, Glamour!!


About stilettonation

Jennifer Nelson is a writer working on Stiletto Nation: Inside the Perfumed Pages of the Women's Magazine Industry to be published Fall of 2012 by Seal Press. Stop in and read about the great, the awful and the insane in the fragrant pages of the women's glossies.

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